Spreadsheet Blues and Office Lies


It’s been spreadsheet blues and office lies this year
and weather hasn’t been too kind.
My goals and targets have been sliding underneath
the rotting wetness of November leaves.
When serpents of the land invaded our home
through news reports of hate and dread,
It lingered in my sleeplessness with fangs exposed,
injecting venom of despair till dawn.

It’s been spreadsheet blues and office lies this year
and weather hasn’t been too kind.
When future shrinks to copper coins in beggar’s eyes
I cannot pass the needle’s eye,
since my consumption passed the quota of my needs;
and burden of my footprints break,
the fragile skin of Mother earth – we’re doomed
to linger in the empty space alone.

It’s been spreadsheet blues and office lies this year
and weather hasn’t been too kind.
The future seems to vanish in the ink washed pains
of sooty darkness in the clouds.
When lessons in the balance sheets of war and blood,
is seen as profits — never loss,
and books are burning as a needed sacrifice,
to hide the lessons from our past.
It’s been spreadsheet blues and office lies this year
and weather hasn’t been too kind.

Black tar and feathers by  Jean-Michel Basquiat

Black tar and feathers by Jean-Michel Basquiat


Marian introduce us to Kevn Kinney and the song of Broken Hearts and Auto parts at toads, and want us to reflect on the past year.. Not so much to be happy about, just like Kevn’s songs. To be happy I save for next year 🙂

December 19, 2014

15 responses to “Spreadsheet Blues and Office Lies

  1. I really like how your poem discussed all the problems that the world has been through this past year, but I wished there was some kind of upheaval of happiness that merged within. Good memories are always the best ones to remember towards the end of the year. Best wishes for the new year to you Bjorn! 🙂

  2. The repetition works really well in this, Bjorn…sets a tone and a beat something like footfalls and/or a heartbeat.

    For me, this portion…

    “and burden of my footprints break,
    the fragile skin of Mother earth”

    …this really hits home, personally…I try but I could do better.

    Great response and thank you so much for your kind words!

  3. It feels like this is the soundtrack for this year, for me, especially this December. I love the haunting strike of the images, and the melody which you created with repetition combined with other sentences, the flow of it all is captivating.
    And hooray for saving happiness for 2015!

  4. Wonderful, wonderful! So rich, so many layers, and I’m thrilled to, for once, read poetry about office/working life. Why is there so little of that? As if we’re not affected by it. Everyone doing their best, but any workplace is bound to have its intrigues and political games and frustrations.
    Also, I find it special how you always seem to find THE perfect image for everything you write, you make verbal-visual compositions, really.
    Maybe early, but here are my best wishes for 2015 – let it be a good one!

  5. I love the use of repetition here, Bjorn. It acts as a reminder of the time paradigm that often places us back in the self-same position we seek to flee from.

  6. This poem is so imbued with the blues – it resonates – I especially love “When future shrinks to copper coins in beggar’s eyes
    I cannot pass the needle’s eye,”

  7. Excellent – a spirit of folk activism runs through the piece that is intense and disquieting which, of course, is a necessary state of mind if people are ever to start questioning . . . really questioning.

  8. ha. fun song…scary reality….we are watching a christmas movie today where santas daughter takes over and it is all about productivity…and that just kinda sucks all the life out of it…

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